Fence Pet Training
The goals of this training video are:
- To help you teach your dog to identify and respect her new fence
- To make the training fair so your dog will understand the consequences of leaving
- To make the training fun so your dog will enjoy staying on playing on your property
It will take about three weeks for you to completely trust your dog within the perimeter of your new underground fence. The training will only take up a small portion of those three weeks, while the rest of the time will just be close supervision of your pup while she is in the yard.
Time should be set aside to work with your dog for 10-15 minutes per day, two times per day. Both you and your dog will appreciate short, fun lessons to make the training more effective. Use a calendar to keep track of the training process. Your dog’s behavior will tell you when it’s time to move to the next lesson.
A training session would include putting the Perimeter training collar on your dog, making sure that the collar has the proper fit high on the dog’s neck and that the collar is making contact with the skin. If you are training more than one dog, train each dog in separate training sessions.
- Start every session playing with a favorite toy and plenty of praise. Make sure your dog is comfortable and having fun.
- Do “boundary work” at locations around the entire boundary of your yard.
- Always end sessions with your dog successfully avoiding the fence and with more play and praise.
- Bring your dog indoors and remove the training collar.
There are SIX phases to the training lessons :
Lesson 1: Back Away From The Fence! (Six sessions)
Start the first phase of training using the plastic contact covers that are included with your underground fence. This is to ensure that your dog can hear the warning tone at the boundary, but there is no chance of correction. Put the electronic training collar on your dog and make sure the wall mount transmitter is turned on. The first lesson is to introduce your dog to the boundary and to help her understand to back away from the fence when the warning tone is heard.
- With your dog on a leash, casually walk to the boundary.
- When the dog reaches the signal field and hears the warning beep, immediately spin around and briskly jog back into the yard—the dog will feel the tug and run after you.
- Praise enthusiastically.
- On days two and three, repeat the same lesson in different parts of the yard.
As the training sessions of the next three days progress, you will see that your dog will start to anticipate the signal and retreat without your prompting. For each successful attempt, be sure to praise, praise and praise again! Day three is successful if your dog retreats without your prompting and refuses to approach the boundary as you approach it.
Lesson 2: Respect The Fence (One session)
Although your dog is learning fast and avoiding the boundary, she will forget or attempt to break the rules with an interesting distraction beyond your yard. To prevent this, your dog must experience what happens if the fence boundaries are not respected. For the next lesson, you will need to remove the plastic contact covers from the training collar contacts.
- With your dog still on a leash, walk to the boundary with your dog. Your dog will most likely forget earlier lessons and attempt to leave the safe area.
- The moment your dog reacts to the fence correction, immediately retreat to the safe part of the yard and lavish your dog with praise.
- Continue this lesson at a number of different areas around the boundary.
Should your dog not appear to have felt the collar correction, check to ensure the collar is making contact with the skin. It may be necessary to use one of the longer metal contacts provided for dogs with a dense coat.
Lesson 3: Adding Interesting Distractions (Eight sessions)
If your dog is now avoiding the boundary, you are ready to add more tempting distractions. Remember, never pull or coax your dog into the boundary area. This lesson teaches your dog that she must resist all temptations to leave the yard. You can’t assume that if your dog won’t chase a ball out of the yard, he won’t chase a bicycle or a favorite neighbor.
Your training has been successful at this point if your dog has resisted the urge to cross the boundary on leash with any distractions you can dream up.
Lesson 4: Off Leash With Supervision (One week)
After several sessions of distractions, your dog should be ready for off-leash play. You must stay in the yard for off-leash training. The more your dog stays on the property for the first month, the less chance of your dog ever attempting to leave the area.
- Continue to supervise and play with your dog outside for a period of one week.
- Should your dog bolt off of the property for any reason during this phase, retrace your last training steps with distractions with your dog on a leash
Lesson 5: Off Leash Unsupervised (Two weeks)
When your dog resists all manner of distractions, both on and off the leash, he can be left unattended in the yard.
- Keep a close eye on your dog for two weeks from inside the house. This freedom should be brief at first and the amount of time increased gradually.
- Before and after each unsupervised session, you must continue to the play and praise routine to continue to reinforce that the yard is a happy, fun and safe place to be.
Lesson 6: Flag Removal (Every other day until gone)
After two week of successful containment, you can begin removing the flags.
- Start by removing every other flag, every other day until all of the flags are gone.
The leash, trainers, flags and the electronic training collar are all clues for your dog to learn the boundaries. They are all removed gradually expect the electronic training collar. It’s essential that you observe whether you’re off leash, unsupervised dog still avoids and retreats from the unmarked boundary. If your dog’s response is anything but immediate, retrace your steps through the training process.
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